Rookie Card Year: 2004
Investment Rating: 7.0
Ben Roethlisberger has seen his share of ups and downs. "Big Ben" was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2004. After assuming the starting role in game three of his rookie season, he led the Steelers all the way to the AFC Championship game. Ben Roethlisberger card collectors have chased him ever since.
Although he was unable to win the big prize as a rookie, Roethlisberger brought Super Bowl victories back to Pittsburgh in 2005 and 2008. The team came up short to the Packers in the 2010 Super Bowl. Inconsistency followed in the ensuing seasons, with the Steelers not even making the playoffs in 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2013.
After an slow start to the 2014 season, Roethlisberger exploded for 12 touchdown passes in a two-week period. This marked an NFL record as he was the first player to ever thrown six touchdowns in back-to-back weeks.
Despite his success, off-field issues added drama to the team chemistry and Roethlisberger's career. A motorcycle accident in 2006 almost took his life. In 2009 and 2010, allegations of sexual assault were levied against the star quarterback. Although he was never even formally charged, let alone convicted, Roethlisberger was suspended by the league for the first six games of the 2010 season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. In spite of these negatives, Ben Roethlisberger card collectors have remained loyal based on his winning ways and gritty play.
Among active quarterbacks, Roethlisberger is behind only Tom Brady in Super Bowl wins. Given his early success, Ben Roethlisberger card and memorabilia values are already strong but there still might be room for growth if he can see more success like he did early in his career.
Ben Roethlisberger has nearly 50 rookie cards that will appeal to all budgets.
Top Ben Roethlisberger Rookie Cards
The 2004 SP Authentic Ben Roethlisberger card features an on-card autograph and jersey piece. One thing that immediately becomes clear is that Roethlisberger has a very sloppy signature. Regardless, this is one of the top rookie cards for collectors.
Bowman Chrome has a distinct design and finish. The Ben Roethlisberger card features an on-card autograph and low print run of just 199 copies. Although it does not have a jersey piece, the timeless design ensures that the card will remain a collector favorite.
Despite the relatively high high print run (it's not numbered, but confirmed as 541) and sticker autograph, Playoff Contenders has long been a top option for rookie collectors. The 2004 Contenders Ben Roethlisberger card continues to be one of the most heavily purchased.
Ben Roethlisberger Rookie Card Checklist
Budget Rookie Cards
Mid-Range Rookie Cards
- 2004 Absolute Memorabilia #227 Jersey #/750
- 2004 Donruss Classics #227 #/500
- 2004 Donruss Elite #105 #/500
- 2004 Flair #64 #/799
- 2004 Fleer Genuine #82 #/500
- 2004 Fleer Inscribed #82 #/750
- 2004 Fleer Platinum #137 #/299
- 2004 Fleer Showcase #113 #/599
- 2004 Fleer Sweet Sigs #87 #/999
- 2004 Fleer Tradition #333
- 2004 Greats of the Game #73 #/999
- 2004 Leaf Certified Materials #227 Jersey #/1250
- 2004 Leaf Rookies and Stars #277 Jersey #/750
- 2004 Playoff Hogg Heaven #174 #/750
- 2004 Playoff Honors #227 jersey #/750
- 2004 Playoff Prestige #159
- 2004 Reflections #191 #/450
- 2004 SP Game Used #171 #/425
- 2004 Topps Chrome #166
- 2004 Ultra # 213 #/500
- 2004 Upper Deck Foundations #259 Jersey #/499
Premium Rookie Cards
- 2004 Bowman Chrome #111 Autograph #/199
- 2004 Bowman's Best #130 Autograph #/199
- 2004 E-X #46 Autographed Jersey #/100
- 2004 Finest #108 Autograph #/399
- 2004 Fleer Authentix #134 Autograph #/250 with Bill Cowher
- 2004 Hot Prospects #86 Autographed Jersey #/150
- 2004 Leaf Limited #227 Autographed Jersey #/150
- 2004 Playoff Contenders #106 Autograph, announced print run of 541
- 2004 Playoff Prime Signatures #134 Autograph #/99
- 2004 SkyBox LE #71 #/99
- 2004 SP Authentic #213 Autographed Jersey #/299
- 2004 SPx #220 Autographed Jersey #/375
- 2004 Sweet Spot #287 Autograph #/199
- 2004 Topps Signature #93 Autograph #/299
- 2004 Ultimate Collection #127 Autograph #/150
- 2004 Upper Deck Finite HG #269 #/99
Ben Roethlisberger Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find examples of what an authentic Ben Roethlisberger autograph looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Steiner, Panini Authentic, Tristar and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.
Cut Signature Exemplar
Ben Roethlisberger Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Ben Roethlisberger signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:
- Overall, Roethlisberger possesses aq very abbreviated signature with very few legible or even presenting letters
- The letter "B"is very distinguishable
- A horizontal line at a 45 degree angle suffice foe the letters "en"
- The letter "R" is pronounced and the pen lifts before going on to the remaining part of the signature
- A combination of the letters "t-i-g" are present with the "t" crossed at the top, or near the top,of the letter
- The cross of the letter "t" also caps off the loop of the letter "g"
- A "dot" above this letter combination indicates a letter "i"
- The inscription of "#7" (his jersey number) is almost always present
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